A 45 year-old Ula is a mother of a disabled 15-year-old daughter Ana who suffers from severe cerebral palsy. Ana is wheelchair-bound, fed through a tube in her stomach and still wears nappies. She needs constant care. She cannot communicate well in words but uses non-verbal communication to indicate her needs. Recently, Ula asked nurse to give Ana a hysterectomy stating that this will prevent Alia from menstruating. She feels that menstruation will make Ana more uncomfortable and would affect her dignity. Ula also believes that Ana would not marry and have a child in future.
Introduction: (indicative length ~200 words)
Introduce your essay by clearly identifying the 3 major points that you have chosen to highlight on your essay. Also make it clear how each point corresponds to each area of the module (i.e. which one is relating to law, to ethics and to values).
Ula case study – Law and Ethics for Nurses
Body of the Essay: (indicative length ~1,600 words)
1. Discuss each of the themes identified using the relevant resources presented during the lecture and seminars as well as additional relevant resources you read.
2. Explore and discuss the role of the nurse around these issues. Relate the specific standards of the NMC code that is relevant to the issues identified.
3. Identify and discuss the legislations that are pertinent to the identified issues. This should also include any statutory reporting duties and other applicable legal principles discussed during the lectures and seminars.
4. Offer a solution from a nursing perspective. Discuss how you might prevent or mitigate the identified issues should you encounter this situation in practice.
Conclusion: (indicative length ~200 words)
This part summarises the key points that you have discussed in your essay.